Grades 2-6

a young boy holds magnifying glasses in front of his eyes


As WaterNauts, our students will take a journey through the water cycle, becoming water droplets as they travel from the mighty oceans to the clouds in the sky. As they make their way through the water cycle, they will learn about evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Students will then head to the Geo Lab to investigate water pollution. They will discover ways to clean water and learn that water pollution is not always easy to see. Students will test several clear samples of water for taste and report their observations. Join us as we discover that there is more to water than meets the eye!

Curriculum Connection: Grade 2 Unit 1: Air & Water in the Environment


As Soil Scientists, our students will venture into the wilds of our outdoor classroom to investigate soil in its natural environment. They will observe weather conditions and discover the fascinating world of soil components, layers, textures, smells, inhabitants, and erosion! Students will then head to the Geo Lab to perform experiments on soil. What effect does moving water have on soil? How does the thickness of the humus layer affect plants? Our Soil Scientists will work in teams to answer these questions and share their discoveries.

Curriculum Connection: Grade 3 Unit 1: Exploring Soils


As Geo Detectives, our students will arm themselves with hand lens, streak plate, and field notebook to collect clues and determine the identity of the “mystery mineral.” They will use their investigative skills to identify rock samples based on the characteristics of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks – and then determine which rock doesn’t belong. Our detectives will discover materials in our homes that come from the Earth and try their hand at panning for real gold.

Curriculum Connection: Grade 4 Unit 1: Rocks, Minerals, and Erosion


Dive into the deep waters of Atlantic Canada to explore the hidden world of cold-water corals and sponges! In this new school program, students will venture into the Gardens of the Deep special exhibit to investigate the role cold-water corals and sponges play in forming important habitats. Hands-on activities allow your class to discover the remarkable adaptations cold-water corals and sponges use to obtain food in their ocean home. Students will also recognize how ocean acidification poses a threat to ocean life. Finally, students will join together in teams to play a skill-testing game to help them recognize the impacts that humans have on deep-sea habitats.

Curriculum Connection: Grade 4 Unit 4: Habitats and Communities


As Weather Wizards, our students will become junior meteorologists and learn the tools of the trade. They will take their own weather measurements outdoors, record the measurements of our own Johnson Geo Centre weather station and then compare the two. They will watch lightning being generated indoors and learn what causes thunder and lightning. As junior meteorologists they will visit Disaster Corner and watch a tornado form and then create their own, all the while learning what causes them. They will learn about blizzards and then watch one form inside the Johnson Geo Centre. Finally, the Weather Wizards will use the information learned to prepare for their Mount Geo cabin trip. They will predict what the weather will be and decide which activities they will do while at the cabin.

Curriculum Connection: Grade 5 Unit 1: Weather


As Astronauts, our students will become part of the Geo Astronaut Training Program, and discover what it takes to become a true space explorer. What challenges face those who venture to the final frontier? Our Astronauts will “visit” the planets in our solar system to learn how each one is unique and explore the constellations as they move through our night sky. Students will work as part of a crew to complete their tasks and experience the difficulties encountered in building the ISS, driving the Mars Rover, and receiving images from other worlds.

Curriculum Connection: Grade 6 Unit 1: Space



Max Group Size: 60 students

Duration: 1.5 to 2.25 hours

Time: mornings and afternoons

Days of the week: Monday to Friday

Rate: $5.50/ Student

One (1) chaperone per ten (10) students (admitted free)

$5.75/ additional chaperones (teachers fall into the chaperone category)


Geo Expeditions

If a Geo Class is not what you are looking for, why not book your class for a 20 minute program combined with time to visit the exhibits? Our Geo Expeditions combine a curriculum-based worksheet with short presentation and access to all of our exhibit galleries.

For more information on Johnson Geo Centre Education Programs, please contact us.